What is electrical and electronic engineering?
Electronic technologies are the key components to the devices and gadgets of modern-day life, ranging from communications including the iPhone and satellite navigation devices, through to the advanced instrumentation now found in hospitals, such as MRI scanners.
Electrical engineering is the processing of energy. It is essential to the development of future sustainable power distribution technologies, such as wind farms. The intelligent control of energy, as found in the electric motor drive of hybrid cars, rail transport and aircraft systems, demands the combined disciplines of both electrical and electronic engineering.
We offer a wide range of degree courses which cover all aspects of electrical and electronic engineering. At the end of year one there is the flexibility to transfer between most of the single honours courses.
How will I study?
We employ 'hands-on' project work wherever possible to develop practical and problem-solving skills. Year two will develop your group-working skills as you address a challenging engineering design project. The year-three BEng individual project will enable you to enhance your skills and understanding in your chosen specialist area.
If you take an MEng course, the third-year group project will give you an opportunity to consider in-depth technical issues associated with modern and future industrial demands; your fourth-year individual project will have significant industrial input.
Assessment methods include coursework, a dissertation, oral presentations, formal tests and exams.
We will encourage you to gain relevant industrial experience during your degree course. Our Industrial Liaison Officer maintains links with many companies and can help arrange summer and year-out placements.
MEng courses are the main route to the professional engineering qualification of Chartered Engineer and our MEng and BEng courses are all accredited by the IET.
Many students have the opportunity to take up to a year out to study abroad at a top international university (including our Malaysia Campus) and in universities in the Universitas 21 group. Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.
Career prospects and employability
Electrical and electronic engineering continue to be buoyant industries. We are targeted by a large number of major international companies for recruitment and we also organise our own careers fair each year. Most of our graduates move into the engineering sector, but others use the skills developed during the course to move into IT, consultancy, finance, commerce and education.
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering was £24,944.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
Application and interview
Applications are considered on an individual basis; applicants may be invited to interview.
For details of University-wide open days, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays